Knowing myself

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This section focuses on you! 

It will help you understand yourself better, before making decisions about what to do next and aims to help you to:

  • Develop a positive mindset.
  • Learn more about yourself.
  • Establish your skills and strengths.
  • Find out how to gain experiences.

Use the below to learn more about you and what you have to offer. 

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This page will help you understand the importance of your health and mindset when planning for your future. It will also help you discover ways to develop your wellbeing. 

You may find these videos below a useful place to start.

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. Find out more here.

BBC Bitesize have created a number of resources to support you to develop a positive, healthy mindset. These resources can be accessed here or click the image below. 


Below is a YouTube channel aimed to promote positive mental health. A friendly and supportive channel where Jo Morton-Brown offers guidance for young people (aged 10-19) to look after their own emotional wellbeing. Subscribe to Jo Morton-Brown here.

Dr Julie also shares insights from therapy and psychology research so that you can make use of it in your daily life to understand how your mind works and optimise your own mental health. Subscribe to Dr Julie here

HOP have also created a number of resources that will help you combat stress and provide positive well-being tools, techniques & strategies. Click the image below to download the PDF.

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If you live in the East Riding of Yorkshire and would like to access professional help and support, the 'How are you feeling?' website by HeadStart Hull is a great place to start as it provides details of local agencies and tells you who is out there to help you. You can access the website here, or click on the image below.

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If you live in the East Riding of Yorkshire the TH1RT3EN website can offer you professional support, details of local agencies and people that can help you. You can access the website here, or click on the image below.

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The way you think and feel about yourself and the future is key to making the best decision for you and will help you on your careers journey!

Here you can begin to understand how everyone is unique and how to recognise these differences in yourself. Along with establishing your skills, strengths, and interests, knowing all about you can help you on your careers journey, and help you to make better decisions.

This section will look at your:

  • Personality.
  • Neurodiversity.
  • Values and motivations. 
  • Interests.  

As you work through this section make notes of things that will help you to complete your profile template and use the tools in your account. 



In under five minutes the Buzz Quiz will help you discover:

  • Your strengths and what makes you tick.
  • What you're like as a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Which celebrities share your personality type.

There are 16 possible results, each connected to an animal.

 Take the quiz below and discover which animal you are.



This is an approach to learning and disability. Ultimately, the brain functions in a different way. Have you ever thought about how dyslexia or ADHD could benefit a future employer? HSBC employees share their experiences and the distinct skills they bring to the bank.

To start to think about what you want to do in the future, first you need to establish your core values. Value denotes the degree of importance of something or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do or what way is best to live. These can be either personal or for an organisation.

Core values can include:

 * Commitment                       * Passion                  * Dependability                     *Honesty                                            *Loyalty

 * Efficiency                            * Reliability                 * Optimism                           * Positivity                                          * Focus

Have a think about what your values are and write them down!


Do you know how your interests could help support your future career?

Why not take My World of Work Quiz to see how your interests can support you in your future career. You will need to register to find out the answers. Click on the image to access.


Along with establishing your skills, strengths and interests, knowing all about you can help you on your careers journey.

It’s important to understand the strengths and skills you already have, and others you may need to develop in the future, when it comes to choosing your next steps.

Knowing your strengths and skills will influence both your choice of occupation and the path you take .

It is also useful to know your strengths and skills, and be able to give examples of them to potential employers or to support your applications for further study.

What are strengths?

StrengthStrengths are tasks or actions you do well. These include knowledge, skills, and talents. It may feel uncomfortable for you to talk about your strengths during an interview, so now is a good time to identify them and practice talking through examples.

If you are not sure about your strengths, ask some of your friends, family, tutors or others you come in to contact with and make a note of them,.  along with examples you’d feel comfortable talking about.

What are skills?

Skill is a term that encompasses the knowledge, competencies and abilities to perform operational tasks. Skills are developed through life, work experiences and  can  be learned through study. There are different types of skills and some may be easier to access for some people than others. Most jobs require multiple skills, and likewise, some skills will be more useful for certain occupations than others.

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What are transferable skills?

Also sometimes called employability skills, ‘soft’ skills or essential skills.  These are the core skills needed in nearly every job, and are what makes you desirable to an organisation. They are the skills that enable you to work well with others, problem solve, and to fit into any work environment. They are considered as ‘transferable skills’ because you can apply them to a job in any industry. The Skills Builder Universal Framework which is being used successfully by over 75% of schools and colleges and many employers defines 8 essential 'transferable' skills as follows:

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 •          Listening: The receiving, retaining and processing of information or ideas

•           Speaking: The oral transmission of information or ideas

•           Problem solving: The ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge

•           Creativity: The use of imagination and the generation of new ideas

•           Staying positive: The ability to use tactics and strategies to overcome setbacks and achieve goals

•           Aiming high: The ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them

•           Leadership: Supporting, encouraging, and motivating others to achieve a shared goal

•           Teamwork: Working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal

More information about each of the essential skills, including a video which shows how each skill is applied in the workplace and why it’s so important to employers, will be available in the Resources section of this site.

The good news is you will already be developing these essential skills you will need to succeed. You may have had to resolve a disagreement among members on a sports team you’re involved with; or acted as a student representative and presented information at a meeting or event; or you may have developed some of these skills whilst on a work experience placement, a part-time job or volunteering.

Reflect on what you do outside of school or college and you may surprise yourself and uncover a bank of skills you didn’t know you had. There is a helpful tool in the >log on | move on> account pages to support you to do this called the Skills Passport. 

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Find out more about how completing the Skills Passport will help you go to the Resources section by following this link.

Other useful tools

If you would like help deciding what kind of jobs might be right for you and your particular set of strengths and skills visit the National Careers Service website - Skills Assessment.

There are two tools to help you as follows:

Complete the Discover your skills assessment.

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 Answer questions about the things you like to do or are good at. Understanding yourself can help you work out what careers you may enjoy working in. When you finish, you will see some suggestions of roles you may enjoy based on your answers. From here you may want to explore careers based on these recommendations – click on the Explore your Options step on >log on |move on> Information & Inspiration.


Complete the Skills health check, a more in-depth collection of assessments which will generate a report, which can help you identify your personal and work-based skills. This information could be helpful if you're applying for a job or preparing for an interview.

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Goal setting is a useful way to plan and achieve your career ambitions.

The Universities of Edinburgh and London have created useful information on how to set effective goals.

The below resource talks about a reflective approach to goal setting and how to use this to set your own.

The University of London has created an activity to help you understand how goal setting and action planning can be really helpful and how you can create your own.


BBC Bitesize provide an A-Z guide on how to turn your goals into reality.

A-Z Goals

Gaining experience of work is a good way to find out what skills you have and the type of work you like in a practical setting. This section will provide you with all you need to know about gaining experience, whether it's real life work experience, virtual work experience, volunteering or part time work.

Some of the benefits of work experience are to:

  • Use it as research.
  • Develop soft skills such as communication. 
  • Treat it as a challenge.  

Use the Skills Passport and the Common Application Process (CAP) to record your skills and experience gained to support future applications.

Work experience 

Work experience is where you learn about a job, organisation or a career sector physically or virtually. 

If you would you like to hear the benefits of work experience from students who have been previously out on placement, view this short video from the Hull City Council.  

If you want ideas on how to find work experience, watch the below video.

This animation gives you a quick guide of what to expect and why it's important. 


If you want to do real life work experience, speak to your Careers Lead in your school or college, who will point you in the right direction.

Use the Employer Insight Programme (link) to gain some local virtual work experience. 

If you then want to look at some national virtual opportunities check out the following document.  (PDF)

Networking and how it can help...

Networking is using the people you know, and the people that they know, to find out about job opportunities, work placements, and work experience. It’s about building relationships through your contacts.

Most of us network, we just don’t realise it. The act of networking is something that becomes a habit and by making use of social media, it’s easy to extend networking beyond friends and family.

Your network can include:

  • Friends and family.
  • Work colleagues and others they work with.
  • People you know on social media.
  • Employers you've contacted directly.
  • Recruitment consultants.

To find out more about the power of networking visit -

Scroll down to the end of this page where there is a collection of videos that provide more insights into work experience and the benefits. 


Volunteering is an activity that involves spending time unpaid doing something that helps an organisation or group. Here is a list of websites that can help you find out more about volunteering and some of the opportunities available. 

Hull Youth Council

Hull Youth Council is a citywide project supporting young people aged 11 - 25 raising their issues, ideas and campaigns.,132227&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


Volunteen is a project run by East Riding Voluntary Action Service (ERVAS). It aims to help young people aged 11 to 25 in the East Riding of Yorkshire to increase life skills, by introducing them to new and enjoyable social activities.


VYPER is a scheme which allows young people to collect certificates of recognition for all the volunteering that they are taking part in.

To be able to be awarded certificates, we ask that volunteering hours are recorded in a VYPER log book. The VYPER project is currently open to young people aged 10 to 25.

Other Youth Volunteering Options:

  • iWill

The #iwill campaign promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves.

  • vinspired

vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

  • Diana Award

The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.

  • International Citizens Service

International Citizen Service (ICS) provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements for 23-35 year olds.

  • British Council

Here, you can find your opportunity to study, work, volunteer, or research, while experiencing another culture abroad or in the UK.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Youth and Family Support (YFS), hold the licence to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (D of E) in YFS Units and most schools/academies in East Yorkshire. The Award is a flexible and adventurous programme of activities for all young people aged between 13 1/2 to 25 years.

  • Volunteering with the Council

Within the council, numerous services offer volunteering opportunities. For more information on each service click on the link above.

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An internship can give you the opportunity to work at a company, learn new skills and gain experience. Internships can be offered to school leavers, as well as graduates and the length of an internship can vary. 

There are three different types of internships:

• Work Shadowing - interns follow one or more members of a team throughout their day-to-day routine, allowing them to learn from top industry professionals.

• Training Programmes - they act as a way for companies to assess candidates for future roles. These programmes also give candidates the opportunity to see if the company is right for them.

• Work Placements - are often part of a degree programme and are designed to give students a taste for working life in their chosen profession. 

Are you interested in a virtual internship, why not check out to find out more. 

If you are looking for a supported internship please click here.

Use the Skills Passport and the Common Application Process (CAP) to record your skills and experience gained to support future applications.

Theses videos will provide you an insight into work experience placements and the benefits that students have encountered from going on a placement with Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  

Not found what you were looking for? Why not try one of our other sections.